Please find below a selection of stories available for Story Time for children aged between 6 and 9.
The Gigantic Turnip
Themes: Growing vegetables and weather
Story Description: A counting book, an animal book, and a book of the seasons all rolled into the one cyclical narrative.
Themes: Sharing and food.
Story Description: Stone Soup is a popular folktale in many countries that has been told for centuries. I use a version of Stone Soup which is an imaginatively creative story with colourfully descriptive pictures that bring the plot about sharing to life.
Themes: Jobs and places of work.
Story Description: A mournful princess sits at her castle window. Meanwhile, Jack (probably the laziest person in the world) is sent out to work by his mother. On his first day he is paid a shiny coin, but he drops it on the way home. “You should have put it in your jacket pocket!” cries his mother. So the next day, having worked for a dairyman, he pours the jug of milk he is given in payment into his jacket pocket! In fact, he always follows his mother’s most recent advice when bringing home his day’s earnings: it results in the most ridiculous scenarios.
New Patches for Old
Themes: Kindness and clothes
Story Description: A traditional Turkish folktale. Poor Hasan! His trousers are too long and it seems that nobody will help him to shorten them. What will he wear on the holiday?
The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza
Themes: Kindness, cooking and ingredients.
Story Description: A spirited and quirky remake of the classic tale, about an industrious hen and the rewards of her hard work and self-reliance. Children will enjoy following the process of making a pizza as the Little Red Hen–who can get no help from the duck, the dog, or the cat–buys an appropriate pan, kneads the dough, cuts and chops vegetables (and other stuff) for a fabulous topping, and bakes a giant pizza.
The Magic Paintbrush
Themes: Selfishness and sharing
Story Description: As Shen draws pictures in the sand, a mysterious man gives her a magic paintbrush. She paints, fish, pots and ladders and watches them come to life for the poor people in her village. But when the emperor hears of this, how can Shen outwit his greedy plans?